First things first.
Several local prep football enthusiasts have been asking me if the 345 yards De La Salle’s Montrell Johnson rushed for in his school’s 45-28 win over Riverside Academy two weeks ago was a single-game rushing record.
It is a record for De La Salle, but not for the three-parish area. Nevertheless, it was a stellar performance for the 6-foot-1, 180-pounder to rewrite the school’s record book by erasing the 327 yards set by Therral Hatfield in 2001 against New Iberia.
The city mark is a fairly recent 365 yards set in 2015 by Brother Martin’s Bruce Jordan-Swilling in a 68-21 Crusader victory over St. Stanislaus. In that game, Jordan-Swilling scored seven touchdowns.
But those seven TDs are not a local record, either.
In an 82-0 spanking of Rugby Academy in 1915, it is recorded that Boys High (Warren Easton) back Robert Shepard scored eight touchdowns. And for good measure, Shepard kicked six extra points to total 54 for that particular outing.
Back then, it was rare to find a reporter who logged individual yardage in his accounts of a game. No one knows how many Shepard tallied on that day.
But one of the first I discovered was in an article about a 56-0 Warren Easton win over S.J. Peters Commercial High in 1935. Easton back Jimmy “The Greek” Cajoleas ripped through the Commy defense for 325 yards on 33 carries. His day included six TDs.
But perhaps the greatest single-game performance I can remember is Lou Deutschmann’s Herculean effort in Holy Cross’ 26-14 victory over Baton Rouge High in 1952. Deutschmann, who weighed 210 pounds at a time when linemen weighed less, hammered the Bulldogs’ defense for 341 yards on just 16 carries. He would have surpassed 400 yards had not an offensive penalty erased a 70-yard run.
My records show more 300-plus-yard efforts that have been recorded over the decades, but none discounts the great night De La Salle’s Johnson had on Sept. 28.
Fall season winding down
We’re nearing the end of the fastest three months of the year.
Week 7 of the prep football season is on us, and the state volleyball tournament is less than a month away (Nov. 8-10).A few observations about the football season:
- I knew it was a matter of time before Archbishop Hannan established itself as a rising power on the northshore.
Under head coach Scott Wattigny, the transplanted-from-Meraux Hawks have improved in each of his three years, going from a 4-6 record in 2016 to 9-3 last year to now 6-0 as they prepare for this week’s game against Thomas Jefferson, which has lost five straight games since beating Haynes, 22-15, in Week 1.
- Brother Martin’s 28-25 win over previously undefeated Bastrop was the biggest of the Crusaders’ 50th season. The visiting Rams were larger and faster, but the gritty Crusaders played football the entire 48 minutes. Bastrop was up to the job for 47.
- Rummel had little trouble handling Holy Cross, which started the season 4-0 before dropping its last two to district opponents. The 39-3 win upped Rummel’s record to 5-1.
The Raiders have a key game with Jesuit (4-2, 2-1) on Oct. 13 at Yenni, and are the only team that has an outside shot at beating John Curtis on Oct. 27.
- After losing its first three games of the season, St. Paul’s has won its last three, all in District 6-5A. Up next for the Wolves is Ponchatoula at Hunter Stadium on Oct. 12. The Greenies have a 2-4 record.
Ron Brocato can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.